Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Pirates ride home runs to 5th consecutive win

Pirates ride home runs to 5th consecutive win

First pitch was delayed by 93 minutes.

Under is 6-2 in San Francisco last 8 vs. The three-run blast was the fifth hit by the Giants this season after the club hit just seven all of past year.

Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, giving up three runs and six hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

Felipe Vazquez (2-0) earned the win - and effectively saved it for himself - in a 35-pitch, five-out outing after George Kontos allowed the tying run in the eighth. Today features Andrew McCutchen 's return to Pittsburgh, where he spent his entire career prior to this season.

Jameson Taillon will take the mound for the eighth time of the campaign, targeting his first win since April 8th.

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As McCutchen approached the plate in the first inning, the Pirates honored their former star with a video tribute. Falling behind early has crushed the Giants on their road trip, as the club has given up at least one first inning run in seven of their nine games.

The Pirates are now tied for second place in the NL Central, only a 1/2 game behind the Cardinals.

Taillon will have a challenge against Buster Posey, to whom he has surrendered two doubles. The 28-year old left fielder has been one of the most consistent hitters in the Pirates lineup this season, now featuring a.323 average with five home runs and 26 RBI's.

A few thoughts and observations about where the Pirates have been over the past few days and where they're headed ... Holland's last road victory came on May 21, 2017, while pitching for the Chicago White Sox. The team has hit.277/.357/.497 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Hernandez led off with his second homer, to left, for a 1-0 Giants lead.

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I am taking the Pirates in this one. I'm expecting a good return for the now Giant's veteran right fielder. "They're looking for the ball up over the plate".

The Pirates have won 10 of their last 15 games at home.

The Pirates have been effective against left-handers, and the Taillon has not been sharp at home this season.

The 5 and 2/3 innings Samardzija tossed were his most in any of his five starts this season, but the Giants expect a pitcher who is coming off five straight 200-inning seasons to work deeper into games. Before the series started Watson had an ERA of 0.57, and now it has jumped to 2.65.

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